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Balbas Reserva 2005 Wine Review

Balbas Reserva 2005

Balbas Reserva 2005

Ribera Del Duero D.O.C., Spain

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 8

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Price: $22.95

Drink: 2018-2022

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Balbás

Agent: Tradesa Corp.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Lots of acidity and a firm tannic grip even though this is a 2005. This full-bodied Spanish red wine has a good grip on the palate it offers more earthy, smoky, dusty aromas and flavours than fruit-forward ones. Complex, elegant and mature. Dry and subtle, with tanned leather and cigar box and made mostly from the traditional Tempranillo grape with some Cabernet. This Spanish DO wine finishes with dry tobacco and cedar. Decant for 2 hours and pair with lamb and rosemary. Terrific!

Food pairings: rack of lamb, rib eye steak, pork crown roast.

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This Balbas Reserva 2005 was reviewed on March 31, 2018 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Wineboy rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Year after year this wine performs. Although the 2001 was perhaps a tad better, I'd still buy this one. You should too if you are looking for a heavily oaked wine (even on the Spanish spectrum). The fruit is medium weight, ripe and smooth. The oak takes almost a popcorn aroma. Still lovely after some age, and not showing signs of being tired. now - 3 years.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Made from 90% Tempranillo, 10% Cab Sauv. Luscious aromas of very fragrant ripe strawberries, cherries, cassis, vanilla, slight mint and allspice, repeated on the layered palate with touches of leather and toast. Good acidity makes it very food-friendly for tapas, olives, grilled lamb chops or hamburgers.
Tasted May 2017
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A divine bouquet of aromas matched with deeply flavourful black fruit, dried sage. mint, tobaccos and floral flavours. The palate is chewy with med-high tannins and tangy acidity. Stewed red plum, cherry, and tobacco notes dominate the finish. Enjoy with braised beef sliders. Tasted May 2017 by @sommsosa | bespoketastings.ca
Melanie Lloyd - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

This wine has aged beautifully! On the nose, we have juicy black cherry, dried blueberry, ripe strawberry, with cinnamon, vanilla, cedar, chocolate, and hints of parmesan.

On the palate, it is full bodied with tannins that are present yet not harsh, and bright acidity. The flavours are of plum, sour cherry, sweet spice, and cocoa.

I paired this with barbecued steak and chocolate for dessert.

Tasted August 2018
Christian Marcoux rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

This expressive Balbas 2005 wine from Ribera Del Duero, Spain, made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, reveals booming aromas of blackcurrant, lavender, black tea and cedar. On the palate, tart blackcurrant, smoke, tree moss and pepper, added to a tannic and short finish, will cleanse your mouth. Enjoy.

Christian Marcoux
Fantastic tannic grip on this Balbas Reserva 2005 from the Ribera del Duero wine region. This is indeed a full-bodied, earthy Spanish red wine blend of mostly Tempranillo and some Cabernet Sauvignon with smoky, meaty and cedar spice flavours. Decant for 2 hours and pair with garlic lamb and rosemary. - Community Wine Reviews

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